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Facebook’s Latest Youth Play is a Teens-Only Social Network
By: The Verge
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Facebook has yet another piece of software to lure teenagers into thinking its products are more hip than Snapchat. The new iOS app, called Lifestage, is a kind of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself. Instead of filling in answers with text, you record a small video snippet that others can view on your profile. Every time someone updates their page, it shows up in a feed prompting others to check it out.

The catch: you can only use it if you're 21 and under.

The app was designed by 19-year-old wunderkind Michael Sayman, a Facebook product manager who tells TechCrunch that he wanted to replicate the readymade virality of Facebook’s earliest days, when it was restricted to college students. In that sense, Lifestage’s age restriction is the updated version of needing an appropriate .edu email address, a new virtual barrier to entry. If you’re 22 or older, you’ll only be able to see your own profile and you won’t be able to communicate with any other users.


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